Jul 29, 2021
After his win in the LGCT Grand Prix of Berlin and qualifying for the LGCT Super Grand Prix 2021, Sergio Alvarez Moya now stands at the top of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
Sergio Moya and Alamo rocketed to the top place after winning at the LGCT Grand Prix of Berlin, beating Marcus Ehning in the exciting jump off. He is now in the overall lead with 158 points, with a 6 point margin from number two Edwina-Tops Alexander (152 points).
The German course was designed by Frank Rothenberger who put together a delicate but fair course. Edwina Tops-Alexander was not able to qualify for the LGCT Grand Prix, and Peder Fredricson was not present in Berlin.
“I am crazy happy, I am delighted with the horse. He deserves a win and he tries so hard every time so I am really really happy for my horse. Ehning is always very dangerous but so are the others. I know my horse is fast in the jump-off and today I am just so pleased.” - Sergio Moya
Alamo is jointly owned by Paris Saint-Germain F.C defender Sergio Ramos, and the brilliant horse has allowed Moya to clear the round in 36.40 seconds. Marcus Ehning and Stargold were mighty opponents to be aware of. However, the pair crossed the line 0.10s slower than Moya at 36.50 seconds.
The audience was saddened for previous LGCT Grand Prix of Berlin winner Alberto Zorzi as his first fence fell. Him and his stallion Cinsey had been consistent all weekend, and with the unusual 8 faults they ended in 5th place.
On the other hand, in the Global Champions League Paris Panthers have achieved their second win in a row after battling against Monaco Aces. Nayel Nassar and Darragh Kenny kept the pressure at bay and remained in the third spot of the 2021 GCL standings. Valkenswaard United and Shanghai Swans are in the first and second spots of the podium.
This was the first event since the GCL mid-season transfer window had new rider signings and fresh opponents in the championship that continues to intensify. The overall GCL Championship leaders Valkenswaard United kept the lead on 188 points despite finishing in 5th place in Berlin.
The heart-stopping final at the Berlin jumpoff saw Jerome Guery, from Monaco Aces, knock down three fences. This cost the team their win and fell off the podium. The home city team Berlin Eagles took the second place with Laura Klaphake and Ludger Beerbaum. The final space in the podium went to Shanghai Swans with teammates Lucas Porter and Max Kühner.
Competitors now look to London and the prestigious Royal Hospital Chelsea where riders will compete on Ben Maher and Scott Brash’s homeland. This will mark the 9th leg of the competition in this action packed event that has riders compete all over the world.